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STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.

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Candidate for Board of Directors Questionnaire

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Board Election 2019

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New Savings Card

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January 2019 Social Events

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Save the Date February 2019 events

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2019 Budget Summary

Our annual assessments make so much possible!

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Here We Come 2019

A look ahead to some of this year’s awesome events

A number of furry friends joined Stonebridge Ranch residents in celebrating the holidays at the Dec. 2018 Tree Lighting Ceremony. One of the carriage horses paused from duty to pose for a portrait.


F ROM T HE P RESIDENT 2019 has arrived. The years seem to go by more quickly as I get older. I hope you and your family were able to attend our annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 6. and had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. May 2019 be even better! On Nov. 16, the Board held its annual Strategic Planning meeting to review our progress and establish goals for 2019 and beyond. Once it is finalized and approved, we will make that information available to everyone. Our new website went “live” on November 15. Take the opportunity to check it out. It is a significant upgrade from our old one and is mobile device friendly and contains a search feature. In this month’s magazine you will find a savings card. As part of our continuing celebration of Stonebridge Ranch’s 30th anniversary, the BOD decided to provide all homeowners a Savings Card for use in 2019. The Board is always looking at ways to offer additional amenities to its homeowners whenever it can to set us apart from other Homeowners Associations. There is more detail about the card in the magazine. This issue of our monthly magazine will cover the 2019 budget and information about our annual election of Board members and how to apply if you would like to be a candidate for a seat on the Board. There will be three positions up for election. Board Meeting The Board meeting of November 15, 2018 was called to order at 1:00 PM. All Board members were present. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. No homeowners appeared. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. We also appointed Chuck Hoffman to the Finance Committee, Amanda Batson, Clarke Drummond, and Kate Cannon to the Communications Committee. Old Business In our continuing review and updating of Board Guidelines and Policies, we reviewed the lake usage guidelines, swim season guidelines, the Amenities Committee charter, and Supplier and Contractor Insurance Guidelines. We updated the Board on the latest information on the TxDOT 380 widening project. There are still ongoing discussions about this project. Now we are in a “wait and see mode”. The next development is that TxDOT is supposed to announce their “preferred routing” decision sometime after the first of the year. At that time, they will be requesting additional comments about their selection and could still change the proposed route. We reviewed the new website and requested a monthly analytics report on usage. We also reviewed the upcoming changes to the trash tote guidelines and “tweaked” them to only look for totes visible from the front property lines of a residence along with the previously announced changes which will be effective Jan.1, 2019.

New Business We approved developing some design plans for Nora Haney Park. We reviewed the initial results of our water savings project initiated at the beginning of the year. This is an ongoing project that results in annual water savings every year. We are still making changes to the system and management of it to improve our savings. We also took another look at the Arbor/Pergola guidelines and made no changes. The city has decided that triathlons will only be permitted in certain areas, including Stonebridge Ranch. We discussed developing guidelines for any other organizations that may want to have a triathlon in Stonebridge Ranch other than the adult and child races we sponsor with Play-Tri. We also approved the removal of 82 Cypress Trees along St. Gabriel and Bristol. They are overgrown and continue to create issues for trimming along sidewalks and fences as well as hindering the growth of other landscaping. Executive Session We reviewed and approved the monthly foreclosure report and the Appeals Committee report. We also reviewed and accepted reports from the Collections Committee, the Projects report, and the Violations report. We also approved a letter to the Muirfield Point village sub association concerning responsibility for common area maintenance in their village. Our Legal counsel updated us on the status of several legal issues. Association Reports CFO Partridge and Treasurer Counts presented the financials including the Management Report, Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Variance Report, A/R Summary, Investment Schedule, Investment Performance History, and the Rate of Return Report. We continue to be in excellent financial condition. Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website (Stonebridgeranch.com). We also reviewed Strategic plan updates. The Director of Operations updated the Board on current and upcoming projects including our year-end financial review and the status of our landscaping contracts. All have now been signed. We will continue to use Precision Landscaping, our current contractor, for two areas; and we added a new one, Landscape Partners for one area. We also reviewed our 2018 Strategic Plan progress to prepare for our Strategic Planning meeting held on Nov. 16. The meeting adjourned at 6:11 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

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Three SRCA Board Positions Open in 2019 Election At the March 2019 Annual Meeting, the homeowners of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) will elect three Directors, each for a term of three years. Any homeowner member in the association may submit an application for candidacy. Volunteering to serve on the SRCA Board is a meaningful and important task. The Board of Directors makes decisions to govern and safeguard the community’s common property and design standards. The Board is also responsible for the oversight of association operations and the implementation of strategic initiatives. Homeowners interested in submitting their candidacy should fill out the Board Questionnaire found on p. 12 of this issue of the Stonebridge Ranch News. (The questionnaire is also available for download at www.stonebridgeranch.com.) It must be completed and

submitted with the required Word document of up to 500 words by Friday, January 18. Candidate profiles will be shared online and in the March issue of the Stonebridge Ranch News. The association is also hosting an informational meeting for interested candidates on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room (6201 Virginia Parkway). If you want to know more about Board member responsibilities or have questions about submitting your candidacy, please join us. To RSVP to attend, call the association office at 214.733.5800 by Tuesday, Jan. 8th. We’d love to meet you! Our Board Directors face a variety of situations and issues during their terms. If you are interested in submitting your candidacy, below are four basic guidelines to consider. (For an accounting of Board of

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Director responsibilities, we encourage interested candidates to read in full the SRCA governing documents, including the Bylaws and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. These documents are available for download at www.stonebridgeranch.com. To find them, simply type “Governing Documents” in the search bar at the top of the website.) Act in good faith for the association’s best interests at all times. Board decisions must take into account what is best for all members of the SRCA, not simply a select few. Any decision must be based on Board members’ honest judgment of what is best for the association as a whole. Act with appropriate care and caution, seeking advice from experts when appropriate. As volunteers, Board members should exercise the degree of care of an ordinarily prudent person. At times, this involves consulting professional experts if a decision requires knowledge beyond your own expertise. Act within the scope of your authority. It is vital that Board members understand the scope of their authority and do not exceed it. This is why Board members must be thoroughly familiar with association

governing documents, aware of both requirements and prohibitions regarding their position. Avoid mistakes. You will have to use your best judgment in determining what your fiduciary duty requires of you in any specific situation. Some situations are obviously to be avoided, such as: Board members should not take personal advantage of business opportunities related to association affairs, nor should they accept gifts from vendors seeking to do business with the association. These are just a few things to consider if you are running for a position on the Board. Ultimately, Board members are entrusted with the care, protection and enhancement of the property values of others. They have a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the entire community and must exercise the skill and care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. They must be of strong character, with the ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality. Beyond acting in good faith, candidates should consider the time requirements of this volunteer position. Directors must be able to attend monthly Board meetings, the annual meeting, and any other special meetings that

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may be scheduled throughout the year. Typically, monthly Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m. (The dates and times of Board meetings are chosen and agreed to by the Board members, as are the roles they will serve, such as President, Vice President, etc.) Directors must actively participate in the Board meetings; prep time in reviewing meeting materials is part of this responsibility. Directors must also be prepared to work with a variety of community volunteers. Directors serve as liaisons to Board-appointed committees. Board liaisons

attend monthly committee meetings and serve as a conduit for communication between the Board of Directors and the committee volunteers. Finally, a strong business background is highly desirable. Board Directors must have a working computer and internet access. They must be able to communicate via email and be proficient in the use of such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe PDF. The association thanks all interested homeowners and those who choose to submit for candidacy!

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Notes from Board Members To aid homeowners who are interested in running for the Board, we asked Jon Dell’Antonia, Board President, and Norm Counts, Board Treasurer, to give an insider’s perspective on this volunteer position. What is your favorite thing about serving on the Board of Directors? “My favorite thing is the satisfaction I get working beside a team of resourceful individuals who honestly care for our community. The Board and Committee volunteers continue to surprise me with well-thought-out solution alternatives to challenging opportunities.” – NC What one piece of advice would you give to interested candidates? “It is a time consuming position. You need to be prepared to spend a significant amount of time and effort in preparation and meetings. It is not a once-a-month meeting position.” – JD “Keep an open mind to alternative solutions. Oversight of all aspects of the SRCA is a large undertaking and the

challenges can be daunting. When the Board and Committees work together, often it is not a single idea that is adopted, but a blending of ideas from multiple contributors.” – NC What surprised you most about your duties when you first became a Board member? “The amount of information and items that we are responsible for in order to make decisions that impact the association—everything from setting the annual budget to reviewing and approving contracts.” – JD What is one project you feel proud to have contributed to on behalf of homeowners? “Six years ago, I instituted a strategic planning process for the Board to provide a way for us to review our association’s methods and processes and develop a plan for strategy and objectives. This plan is reviewed and updated annually and provides a direction for the Board to be proactive in its actions. It has made a significant difference in how we make decisions and direct the operations of the Association.” – JD◀

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2019 Budget Sumary The 2019 budget for the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) was approved by our Board of Directors at their October 11, 2018 meeting. The Board voted a 1.33% increase in assessments over last year for both fixed flat rate and tax value lot owners. This brings the flat rate assessment for 2019 to $765. For lots assessed by tax value, the 2019 rate is calculated by multiplying 0.28102504 times each $100 of assessed valuation (not to exceed $765). Most homeowners in Stonebridge Ranch pay the flat rate assessment. Some original homeowners in the villages built first in Stonebridge Ranch pay a different assessment amount based on tax value. The budget summary on p. 20 shows how much we accomplish together with assessment revenues. You should have received your assessment by now, either by mail or by e-statement (depending on the settings in your online association account). The assessment is due as of January 1. If not paid by January 30, delinquency

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Oh, the Fun We’ll Have in 2019! From all of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) volunteers and staff, we wish a Happy New Year to all our residents! As you know, Stonebridge Ranch celebrated a special milestone in 2018—three decades as a homeowners association. As we enter our 31st year, we’re feeling thankful for all we’ve accomplished together in the past, and we look forward to what 2019 will bring for the SRCA. One unique feature of life here is our varied, year-round event calendar. Our Social Committee volunteers work hard to provide both large- and small-scale events to homeowners and their families. These include recurring monthly events, annual events, and activities designed for kids as well as for adults. We sincerely thank everyone who participates. When you attend an SRCA party or meet-up, you contribute to the spirit of camaraderie and joviality that makes Stonebridge Ranch such a great place to live.

What better way to look ahead to 2019 than anticipating just a few of the great events we’ve got lined up on our social calendar? We hope you’ll be able to attend some of these activities throughout the year with neighbors. For event specifics, stay tuned to the Stonebridge Ranch News magazine, www. stonebridgeranch.com, and/or SRCA email blasts* each month. JANUARY - See p. 26 in this issue for the line-up of January events. FEBRUARY - To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ll host our annual Marshmallow Roast. February is also the month for the Adult Big Bass Tournament. For details on our February Allen Americans Hockey Night and Frosty Fun Run, see p. 30 in this issue.

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MARCH - Every March we host a very important SRCA activity: the Annual Meeting. During the month, you’ll also be able to attend an event that brings joy to every age range living within our borders: the Kite & Chalk Art Festival. At the festival, we often see our youngest and most mature residents rubbing elbows as they launch their kites off the Stonebridge Ranch Lake dam.

JUNE - Our Monday Night Family Beach Parties begin in the month of June, as well as our summer Concerts on the Circle at 6201 Virginia Parkway. Get ready to gear up for family-friendly events where you can make memories that will last a lifetime. cont’d on p. 24

APRIL - For our 21+ crowd, April is a fun month because this is when we launch our Evening on the Veranda series. Adults gather at the Beach & Tennis Club to listen to some seriously great music. April is also the month for one of our biggest annual gatherings, Meet the Easter Bunny, and it’s the month for our Teen Fishing Tournament. MAY - If you have a tiny angler in your home, look ahead to May when we host our Children’s Fishing Tournament at the Wellington Ponds. May also brings our Spring Recycling Event and Memorial Day, when we’ll host our first Beach Club pool party of the 2019 season.

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JULY - Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned sand castle building contest? Join us at the Beach Club on July 4th for this popular annual event. This July, families will also enjoy a first-ever for Stonebridge Ranch: Cardboard Boat Races! We suggest you start saving boxes now to aid in planning your designs.

AUGUST - During the deep heat of summer, we offer a Splash Hop for the kids at the Aquatic Center. Our monthly Coffee, Cars and Cycles meet-up is fun no matter the time of year, since we host it early on a Saturday morning (and since it includes breakfast food and a book exchange in-doors at the Community Room).

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SEPTEMBER - September brings Kids Day at the Plaza and Labor Day, another great Beach Club pool party perfect for families. This year, we’ll host Stonebridge Ranch Day for the first time in September. (If you recall, we learned our lesson in 2018, when August temps on Stonebridge Ranch Day topped out at 108 degrees. We don’t want to take a chance on attendance this year, so we’ve moved our biggest annual event one month later in the year.) OCTOBER - Stonebridge Plaza is the perfect place to host residents for a picnic. Our Picnic on the Plaza event has been growing in popularity every year since the Plaza was opened in 2016. Of course, life in Stonebridge Ranch just wouldn’t be the same every year without our Halloween Spooktacular. NOVEMBER - Every year, residents look forward to our November Electronic and Paper Recycling event, as well as Tag-a-Truck, when kids get to see cool City and maintenance vehicles up close. The month wouldn’t be complete without our annual Adult Big Bass Event.

DECEMBER - Each year a large number of our population come out to enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony during the first week of December. It’s a great way to kick off the month’s holiday festivities and it often becomes an annual tradition for our resident families. We look forward to meeting you out and about at SRCA social events this year. We hope to see you soon in 2019!◀ *To sign up for our bi-weekly association email blasts, visit www.stonebridgeranch.com. The opt-in form for our general email list is available at the bottom of every page of the website. Sometimes we send emails to specific neighborhoods to alert those villages of construction, landscaping or other projects in their immediate area. To receive emails specific to your neighborhood, create your own private online account with our professional management company, CMA, at https://cma.cincwebaxis. com/. Be sure to include your current email address in your online account to be able to receive village-specific emails.

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Tuesday, January 8 7 to 9 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway It’s a great time to make new friends! Please join us for an evening of BINGO and PRIZES in the Community Room located at the Stonebridge Ranch Beach & Tennis Club. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up online at http://whoozin.com/TAQ-WGG-NRXW. This event is for adults only. Stonebridge Ranch residents get in free and may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 entry fee

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Trained speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide an educational presentation which teaches the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, emphasizes the importance of visiting your doctor early for early diagnosis and proper treatment, and promotes patients to participate in clinical trials. You’ll also learn where to find support. RSVP is required as seating is limited to the first 60 who sign up for each session. To register for the Wednesday, January 9 session (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) go to http://whoozin.com/6DC-N6H-3AUM. To register for the Thursday, January 10 session (7 to 8:30 p.m.) visit http://whoozin.com/FUM-DQJ-WC9F. Both sessions are free for residents. If you would like to invite a non-resident, please contact David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. We will have a guest wait list if space is available. Non-resident guests pay $5.


Book Club

Monday, January 14 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway At our January Book Club meeting, we’ll casually discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This bestselling memoir is heartbreaking as well as heartwarming as we journey along with the author on her rewarding quest for knowledge, breaking environmental barriers, and ultimately wondering if there is still a way home at the end of her transformation. We are a small, friendly group, and we love to meet new neighbors. If you recently moved into Stonebridge Ranch and want to meet new people, or if you are just looking for something to do on a Monday night, this group might be perfect for you! For next month’s book selection, check back on the Community Calendar at www.stonebridgeranch.com. Book ideas can be sent to dwiest@cmamanagement.com.

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Attention, readers! Did you know there is a bring-one, take-one Book, DVD & CD Exchange during the monthly Coffee, Cars and Cycles event? The next exchange will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Community Room.

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Tuesday, January 15 1 to 3 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Some people love to escape into their hobbies alone. But if you enjoy crafting with other like-minded creatives, bring your favorite craft to enjoy alongside your neighbors. Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a particular craft or try a new technique for your favorite hobby? We can learn from

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each other. Bring your own projects and supplies (i.e. quilt blocks, beadwork, knitting, crocheting, darning, mending, etc.). The coffee pot will be on, and residents get in free. RSVP at http://whoozin.com/JNH-UM4-K6FF. If you would like to bring a non-resident, email David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. We will have a guest waiting list if space is available. Guests pay $5 each.

Coffee, Cars & Cycles

Saturday, January 19 8:30 to 10 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Can’t make it to our weekday Coffee Talk group (every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room)? We hope you’ll join us for coffee, breakfast burritos and donuts at our monthly Coffee, Cars & Cycles. This event is for Stonebridge Ranch residents only. We meet rain or shine, and you are welcome to bring your classic or fancy car, chopper or motorcycle to park in the circular drive. We’ll also host our monthly Book, CD & DVD exchange (bring one, take one) in the nearby Community Room.

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Morning Bingo

Thursday, January 24 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway We hope you’ll join us for our monthly Morning Bingo gathering! We will have a fruit plate, water and sodas, and coffee on hand. Seating is limited to the first 40 to register online at: http://whoozin.com/QTA4UM-XNH6. This is an adult only event and is free to Stonebridge Ranch residents. Residents may bring up to two guests. Guests pay $5 each.

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for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Bring your cash or check to class to make your payment. Checks should be made out to “AARP Class”.

Hockey Night Friday, February 1 Game start at 7:05 p.m. Allen Event Center 200 E. Stacy Rd., Ste. 1350

The Allen Americans Hockey Club would like to invite all Stonebridge Ranch residents to their upcoming game against the Idaho Steelheads on Friday, February 1. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to socialize with your neighbors AND catch a home game at a special discounted rate. Tickets start at $16 each. This special Circus Night (Under the Big Top: The Greatest Show in Allen) will feature a Biscuit Bobblehead Giveaway (first 1,000), an attempt at a world record (the largest gathering of people dressed as elephants), and Friday Night Autographs presented by OrthodonTEX. Purchase your tickets at allenamericans.com/cma. Contact Slater Fuchs with any questions you may have regarding this offer at 972-912-1017 or Slater@AllenAmericans.com.

Frosty Fun Run Saturday, February 2 9 to 11 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Join us Saturday, February 2 at the 2nd annual Frosty 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run at the Stonebridge Ranch Beach & Tennis Club. Hot Chocolate will be waiting for you at the finish line! Sign up today at www.playtri.com/all-races/frosty.

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